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Kai Rescue Coordinator

Kai Rescue Coordinator

Want to make a real difference in the Nelson Tasman Community?
Ready to join a friendly, fun and collaborative team of volunteers and staff?
Keen for flexible hours to suit your lifestyle?

You might be our new Kai Rescue Coordinator!

The Kai Rescue programme was established in 2017 with the aim of minimising food waste in our community. Our team collects food from supermarkets, growers, manufacturers and other food outlets that is good enough to eat but is surplus or non-saleable.
We partner with 60+ food recipient organisations from Nelson Tasman region who distribute food to individuals and families in need. Kai Rescue runs on the energy and dedication of a fantastic team of volunteers who help us to collect, sort and pack the food.

Want to see Kai Rescue in action? Check out our video here:

The Nelson Environment Centre is an independent social enterprise that helps the Nelson Tasman community live more sustainably and reduce its impact on the environment. We’re proud to have been serving our community since 1976.

Our mission is to provide practical leadership and advocacy to reduce waste to support our community to transition to a sustainable future.

Our key focus is to help people to reduce and rethink waste output, by providing positive options and education for Repair, ReUse, and Recycling. We achieve this through the operation of our three core programmes: Kai Rescue (a food rescue initiative that diverts surplus food from landfill and redirects it for redistribution by local charities to people in need); Electronic Waste Repair & Recycling; and the ReUse Shops & Recycle Centre.


Three key elements of the role include:

Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal.
Ability to lead and support a dedicated team of volunteers and staff.
Ability to problem solve as well as the ability reprioritise and delegate tasks.

Skills and experience
Excellent written and communication skills.
Strong organisational, management and relationship building skills.
Team management and leadership skills.
Ability to problem solve and prioritise tasks, including delegation of tasks and excellent time management skills.
Computer skills – competence in Google Suite.
Ability to operate within a budget.
An understanding of the concept and philosophy of sustainability and a good working knowledge of environmental issues is desirable.
NZ Driver’s licence.

Personal Attributes
A commitment and interest in environmental issues and the principles of sustainability.
Enthusiasm and dedication.
Self motivated and able to work independently.
Strong people skills, able to interact with a wide range of people and groups.
A willingness to work in an environment concerned with bringing about change and the flexibility needed to work in such an environment.
Ability to think creatively alongside the technical and practical demands of the position.

The Kai Rescue Coordinator is responsible for:
leading the team to alleviate food poverty and reduce food waste in the Nelson area, through working with businesses and organisations and developing the food rescue service into a reputable and sustainable food rescue organization;
managing and developing donor and recipient relationships
leading and managing a team of approximately 25-30 volunteers alongside a couple of part-time drivers
providing the first line of advice and support to members of the public requiring support for environmental queries and questions

For details, please refer to the job description (attached).


Please send your tailored application (including a cover letter and your CV) to [email protected].

Applications close Wednesday, 31st August, unless we fill this position earlier.

For all enquiries, please contact Ellie [email protected] or phone Bobby Furby, Operations Manager on 0272 888 157.

Please note, we will be reviewing applications as they come in. Please We will acknowledge your application via email and if we are interested in knowing more about you, we will give you an initial call prior to determining people for interviews.

All applicants must have the right to live and work in New Zealand.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Attached information: Job Description

Article type: Job Vacancies, Volunteer Opportunities and Offers

Contact Name: Ellie Young

Contact Email: [email protected]

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